The Group of Technical Experts on Mercury Waste Thresholds meets in Geneva
Thirty experts from around the world met in Geneva on 16-18 February 2023 to discuss thresholds to define waste contaminated with mercury to be controlled under the Minamata Convention.
Ending the toxic trail of small-scale gold mining
Read this UNEP story fucusing on the 20 million miners working in ASGM, often unregulated and unsafe operations responsible for 37% of global mercury pollution, more than any other sector.
Gabon, Jamaica and Sri Lanka unite to fight hazardous skin lightening products
The three governments have joined forces to fight back against damaging beauty practices, launching a joint $14-million project to eliminate the use of mercury in skin lightening products.
UNEP meeting: Mercury Releases from the Cement industry Area Meeting
On 13 February (14h00- 15h30 CEST) the area of the UNEP Global Mercury Partnership will hold its 2023 meeting to present recent activities and review the Partnership Area’s business plan.
Eritrea becomes the 140th party to the Minamata Convention
On 7 February 2023, Eritrea deposited its instrument of ratification successfully, becoming as a result the 140th party to the Minamata Convention on Mercury.
COP-5 Bureau holds first teleconference for the preparation of the fifth meeting
Under Claudia Dumitru's presidency, the Bureau focused on important dates related to the event, intersessional work and status of contributions; and elected Rapporteur for COP-5.
World Wetlands Day 2023: "It’s time for wetland restoration"
On February 2, on the occasion of the UN international day, the Minamata Convention highlights the importance of maintaining and restoring wetlands across the world to help end mercury pollution.
UNEP webinar: Sound management and elimination of mercury and mercury waste in the Chlor-Alkali sector
The Minamata Convention sets the deadline for this mercury phase‐out in 2025 and the Partnership Areas of work will host the joint webinar on 16 February 2023 (13:00pm to 15:30pm CET).
UNEP webinar: Scope and functions of the Science-policy panel
On 24 January (14h00- 16h00 CEST) the webinar will provide information on the Panel, from chemicals, waste and pollution prevention to horizon scanning, assessments and information sharing.
UNEP event: Partnership Area on Mercury releases from Coal Combustion
This area of the UNEP Global Mercury Partnership will hold its annual meeting on Monday 16 January 2023 (12:00pm to 14:00pm CET) in an online setting.